“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
English Vision Statement
To enable all pupils to develop their full potential and their ability to communicate effectively and confidently through the spoken and written word.
The principle aim of the English curriculum at Botley School is to enable all pupils to develop their full potential and their ability to communicate effectively and confidently through the spoken and written word. We recognise that English is a core subject within the 2014 National Curriculum and a pre-requisite for educational and social progress.
Mastery over language empowers children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, as well as allowing them engagement with the world at large.
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.